2016 Energy & Water Efficient Public Sector Buildings & Facilities Conference
2016 Speakers and Topics already include:
Amnon Holland
Building Services Consultant
Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability


The ACT Government has commissioned several projects to investigate the potential for reducing energy consumption in facilities and operations. 

The CIT is the ACT’s largest vocational, education and training campus comprising over 40,000m² of conditioned space across 22 buildings. The audit focus was to identify viable opportunities within the HVAC systems to reduce electricity and gas consumption. Potential savings of over 950,000kWh/y of electricity and 390GJ/y of gas were identified with big ticket items including air and water recommissioning work, BMS and controls, standalone plant, energy management systems and design limitations with existing systems. 

This presentation will cover a series of technical observations made during the audit and provide insight into the common types of opportunities that exist and their potential solutions.


Amnon holds a Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering. His role currently includes design and assessments, thermal load and energy modelling, energy and HVAC audits, peer reviews, construction management for mechanical projects, maintenance reviews, retro-commissioning of HVAC systems, building management systems and controls design and optimisation. Previously he has worked with GHD and at Steensen Varming.
Anne Fitzsimmons
Environmental Project Officer Sustainability
City of Canterbury-Bankstown


In 2015 Bankstown City Council (now part of City of Canterbury-Bankstown) completed two significant energy efficiency projects involving lighting upgrades to the Council owned Civic Office Tower and also three CBD multi story carparks. The objectives were to reduce overall energy consumption and improve user experience by installing energy efficient lights and also including motion and light sensor technologies where most appropriate. 

Whilst a significant reduction in energy use was finally achieved, a considerable number of unexpected and challenging hurdles were experienced and finally overcome. 

What did we learn? 
  • Sometimes sheer determination is needed to ensure goals are met 
  • Bringing others along on the journey is not always easy 
  • Investing time and effort to understand the technology and the regulatory requirements is highly advised 
  • Be prepared to question consultant opinions and advice 
  • Accessing the NSW Energy Savings Scheme is not as easy as it sounds 
  • The ups and downs of grant funding and reporting when the parties over – who owns the lights ?

Even though we achieved a saving up to 40% on our energy costs, knowing what we know now, there are certainly some things we would do differently and hopefully better. At the end of the day if it was easy, someone would have already done it ! 


After a long career in urban and regional planning, Anne completed a Masters in Environmental Management (UNSW) in 2007. She worked in environmental sustainability and climate change policy for the NSW Government for three years; and has been part of Bankstown City Council’s Sustainability team since June 2012 and since May 2016 the new City of Canterbury-Bankstown.
Asiri Imbulana
Engineering and Operations Manager
Colliers International Australia

One of the demanding challenges of a modern day Facility Manager (FM) is to keep tabs on what is going on in their buildings in a “real-time” way. Whether it’s a power failure, comfort air issue, security risk or a health and safety matter, FMs would like to be the “first-to-know” so that the rectification & client liaisons process would have a head start.

FMs nowadays are supposed to keep their finger on the pulse for multiple building in various physical locations. The fact that building services functionality is driven by multiple systems, adds to the challenge where an FM has to deal with many systems to effectively and efficiently manage a building.

Building system integration strategies practised at Monash University is a classic example as to how out-of-the-box thinking can affect the FM efficiency in a very positive way and how it helps boosting human resources efficiency leaps and bounds. Now the Fire, EWIS, high and low Voltage control, exit and emergency lighting, security lighting, lifts, hydraulics are all horizontally integrated through the building automation system (BAS). BAS acts as the hub where low level and high level integration takes place from and into other systems. On top of this a few third party SaaS (software as a service) systems such as SMS broadcast system, weather forecast/warning Systems, metering data analytic systems are integrated via internet. Data from various systems, whether it be plant, performance, status, metering, or another type, are archived in cloud based BAS data bases for analytics. As a result Monash University FMs can now monitor all building services in almost 200 Buildings located in five different campuses, from one location. This “one location” is also a floating point, where the system can be accessed from anywhere wireless with certain security measures in place.

FMs also receive preventive and reactive notifications through to mobile devices to assist with emergency situations. This has driven significant operational efficiencies with obvious cost savings. Improved turnaround times was a result of knowing building services matters “real-time”. Integration of building systems contributes heavily towards FM’s effectiveness and it assists FMs to “do-more-with-less”.


Asiri Imbulana was the Building Systems Manager at Monash University and is currently the Engineering and Operations Manager at Colliers International Australia. He is an experienced Facilities Manager who has held an array of FM roles in reputed and large organisation in Australia and oversees. Asiri is a Professional Engineer and a member of Engineers Australia. Asiri’s expertise is in building systems and smart building technology.
Bligh Williams
Director of Workplace Strategic Services
Workplace Space Planning Solutions

An agile workplace allows the public sector to accommodate more in the same or smaller workplace, thus providing real estate savings to rate and tax payers while providing an environment that encourages a culture of customer service and high quality outcomes. However agile working is not just about saving money, it is about gaining the best from your staff. Indeed effective working is not so much about where or even when people work, it is more about how well they do it. It is about having a property and people strategy that provides gains on cost, productivity and sustainability which benefit business, employee and customer. It is about attracting and keeping talented employees and collaborative cultures that produce better ideas.

In this presentation Bligh will share with us his experience from a property management perspective on optimising workplaces for the public sector based upon his diverse experience with organisations such educational providers, the Australian Taxation Office, Anglicare NSW and a diverse number of NSW Government Departments such at the NSW Department of Education, NSW Crown Asset & Liability Management Transaction Branch and NSW Premier & Cabinet. 

The presentation will be particularly relevant to oraginisations amalgamating workforces and/or workplaces including local goverment. 


Bligh Williams has over ten years experience in the specialist space of Workplace Services. During this period he has assisted clients with planning, consolidation and relocation of their organisation from one or a number of existing sites into a new or centralised location, producing a more productive and economic feasible real estate solution for their organisation. With experience in both the public and private sector he has become known in both sectors as co-ordinating fundamental workplace change that encompasses decades of change.

Bligh is qualified as a Construction Manager, has an Associate Diploma in Property Services and a Masters Degree in Commerce majoring in Property Valuation. . Since 2004 he has specialised in Workplace Services specifically in Workplace Facilities and Accommodation Planning. Bligh has worked in the internal property teams or as a consultant to a number of global and national organisations. His experience within Workplace Services includes scoping the organisations accommodation strategy, scoping the needs and implementation of the accommodation plan. Clients have included: NSW Premier & Cabinet, NSW Information & Privacy Commission, NSW Department of Education, NSW Department of Industrial Relations, NSW Treasury, NSW Crown Asset & Liability Management Transaction Branch, Australian Taxation Office, Johnson & Johnson, BHP Billiton, Connective Financial Services and Anglicare NSW.
Bridget Gardner
Fresh Green Clean

Managing out-sourced cleaning services is a challenge for all Facility Managers, but it is especially true for those working in the Public Sector. Complexities include carrying the works out after-hours, in geographically dispersed buildings, and with a wide range of facilities and users. 

Moreover, due to the highly competitive nature of this sector, under-quoting and illegal sub-contracting has become the norm. This is compounded by a largely unskilled labour-force, with limited English skills and awareness of their rights. 

Put simply, if you don’t know who is actually paying, training and supplying the cleaning staff, you have limited capacity to control or measure any safety, social or sustainability initiatives that your organisation requires, or your contractor promises. Of more concern, this situation is placing workers at risk of exploitation, and Councils at risk of exposing themselves to financial penalties if found to be an accessory to a breach of the Fair Work Act 2009. 

Two Councils recently hired us to audit their cleaning services against environmental and social sustainability indicators. The first had tightly specified tendering and contract documentation, while the second requested tenderers to offer methodologies to meet clearly defined outcomes. 

Using these two case studies, this presentation will explore:
  • the risks associated with out-sourcing cleaning services
  • which approach had most effectively mitigated these risks
  • how to improve the transparency procurement and management of cleaning services as a result


Bridget is a pioneer and leader in the Australian commercial green cleaning movement, sharing her knowledge via public speaking and industry journals, and is the technical advisor in cleaning to the Green Building Council of Australia. She combines her passion for research and sustainability with her previous experience of running a cleaning company (yes, getting down and dirty), and her current work writing specifications for local and state government and project managing green cleaning programs.
Charlie Knaggs
Principal Consultant – Energy & Climate Change
Point Advisory

Research has shown that the single most defining behaviour of an energy efficient organisation is the regular collection and analysis of data. Through energy data analytics, organisations can find ways to reduce their energy consumption by 10 to 40% through zero-or low-cost energy efficiency measures. 

Point Advisory defines energy intelligence as ‘the use of metering and advanced analytics to drive energy and cost reductions’. · This presentation will discuss the key aspects of an energy intelligence platform. ·

Case studies will then be presented to illustrate the results of recent pilots at hotels and manufacturing facilities to show the types of analytical techniques that can be used to identify instances of energy wastage. · Common usage patterns will be shown and indicators of where opportunities may lie.


Charlie leads the Energy & Climate Change practice at Point Advisory. He provides advisory and assurance services in the areas of energy efficiency, energy monitoring and intelligence, greenhouse gas accounting and assurance. Charlie is also a Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor.
Chris Andrews
Executive Manager – Vianet
Ventia Utility Services

Emerging technologies and business models to support a step change in Facilities Management

Increasing use of sensor data to improve asset management and customer service in Facilities Management has long been talked about. In many cases, however, the real costs of delivery have far outweighed the identifiable benefits. The recent emergence of commercial LPWA networks has the potential to drive an order of magnitude reduction in the cost of deploying remote sensors, creating the platform for moving to a highly monitored environment. 

The presentation will highlight the developments in LPWA technologies and commercial service models, in order to help practitioners separate fact from fiction in the IoT space and the relevance of these technologies to future facilities management. 


Chris has more than twenty years’ experience in senior corporate management and strategy consulting roles in Australia, Asia and Europe. During his career he has been involved in advising and running businesses across a wide range of industries including Software Development, International Aviation, Financial Services and Telecommunications.

In the last six years Chris has led the development of the solutions in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market in Australia, with a specific focus on leveraging low cost data collection technologies to drive business improvement in the Infrastructure and Utilities sector. In his role as CEO of Taggle Systems, he built the first company to commercialise Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network technologies successfully in Australia.

Chris’s current role is as Executive Manager of Vianet, a part of the Ventia Utility services group that is focused on helping clients assess, deploy and leverage next generation IoT solutions to drive down the cost of widespread data monitoring, and place an increased focus on data driven decision making in organisations.
Dr Claire Bird - 2
Leader, Indoor and Workplace Environment Management

Understanding and adaptation is needed for resilience. New buildings are designed to operate in our current climate; but design, construction and management practices in the context of predictions around extreme events, or the scientific uncertainty around long term climate trends is absent. 

With an ageing population, multistorey models designed to minimise personal disruption during the later stages of a person’s life are now available. Globally, high density multistorey living and low cost Australian housing is based on vertical living. We must consider both energy efficiency and indoor environment quality if those most at risk of adverse temperature, wind or rainfall events when indoors are to be best looked after. 

Viridis regularly observes non-resilient construction and operational practices in multistorey buildings across Australia. Commonly, mould-prone building materials are installed prior to completion of facades, or rooves, allowing materials to become wet and mould. 

If not properly managed, water damage, and condensation in the occupied space as well as in cavities, roof voids and subfloors for example leads to current and legacy issues for property owners and managers during building operation. The extent of this problem is increasing as rainfall and wind events become more damaging, moving unwanted water into buildings; whilst the building operation/layout is increasingly changed to reduce energy burden for those least able to afford additional cost under more frequent heat waves for example.

Retrofitting of existing stock has been shown to increase asthma rates in low socio-economic areas in the United Kingdom, for example. 

Responsible designers, construction companies and operators manage future health and building risks by employing Indoor Environment Professionals with microbial and building knowledge. However few organisations involved in operation understand how climate change will impact health through what is a complex path. 

This presentation examines the delicate balance between energy efficiency and health as we face a changing climate and demographic in Australia.


Dr Claire Bird is one of Australia's leading figures in the Indoor Environment Space. Claire has over 20 years in the environmental sector, a Doctorate in characterising airborne microorganisms. She has extensive experience in helping construction operators, insurers, builders and restorers, owners and Government bodies manage building contamination issues. Her consultative work ranges from sitting alongside clients to help them mitigate risks during small and large scale water damage management through to methamphetamine and fire residue removal and building re-occupancy. She also helps owners and building operators in buildings where gases may be being released from furnishings or during manufacturing. Claire plays a key role at National level in helping mitigate health risks through her roles at Technical Advisor to NABERS and Green Star and as a key committee member of the newly formed Australian Chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association.
Claire Wright
Director Community Engagement
Perth Zoo

In late 2011, Perth Zoo embarked on the largest and most disruptive infrastructure project in its 118 year history – an $11.9M Integrated Water Management Project. This project saw the replacement of the Zoo’s aging water pipe infrastructure with a 1.8km shared services corridor containing new pipework services for potable and bore water, high and low voltage electricity, and communication cabling. After more than three years of design and preparation, trenching began in July 2015 and took ten months to complete. 

As a Class A reserve with over 19ha of parks and gardens, over 70 unique building structures and 4,000 mature trees, the only available route for the trench was through the Zoo’s existing roads and pathways. This resulted in the most challenging logistics planning ever undertaken at our organisation to ensure the Zoo could remain open to the public seven days per week during works. 

Following completion of the trench in April 2016, a complicated commissioning process began to link up the new water pipes to existing mains and sub-mains. All bores were diverted to a central storage tank and a new pump house was constructed to deliver high pressure bore water throughout the site. A dedicated potable water mains connection now provides the Zoo’s fire suppression system. A centralised irrigation control system was installed and linked to 22 peripheral controllers which activate solenoid valves for the Zoo’s 350 irrigation stations. Sixteen electromagnetic flowmeters were installed at the offtakes from the bore water ring-main to provide real-time telemetry of water flow through the network, and four soil moisture probes were installed to assist with irrigation optimisation. The irrigation system can now be controlled in the field using hand held tablets which has greatly assisted with maintenance tasks. 

For a small site, Perth Zoo is a major water user, consuming up to 1.2ML of bore water per day in summer, with over 50% of this allocated to irrigation. Presently the Zoo is engaged in an audit of all irrigation emitters (sprinklers) to develop a condition assessment and measure the flow rate of each station. This is the last stage of the main package of works and will allow us to dose out exact quantities of water to each irrigation zone. Improved irrigation efficiency, combined with savings due to reduced leakage across the water network is expected to save up to 250,000L of water per day. Like any complex project, not all aspects went smoothly and a number of challenges arose with visitor traffic, water pressure, burst pipes and bore pump scheduling. This case study serves as an overview of Perth Zoo’s Integrated Water Management Project with a focus on challenges and lessons learned


Claire Wright joined Perth Zoo on secondment for a period of six months from August 2008 to February 2009, acting in the position of Director Community Engagement. Ms Wright re-joined the Zoo in January 2010, to take up the substantive position of Director Community Engagement. Her responsibilities include Discovery and Learning, Visitor Services, commercial operations, Partnerships and Interpretation. 

Ms Wright has over 20 years’ experience in the Western Australian public sector and previously worked with the Rottnest Island Authority, where she was the Director of Environment and Planning from 2006 until she joined the Zoo. She has a Grad Dip Education and Advanced Dip Management.
Dean Jackson
General Manager
Planet Footprint

Forward thinking multi-site organisations are breaking down departmental utility data silos and achieving a new way to manage their energy and water performance, and it is easier than they thought.

From this presentation you will learn:
1/  Identifying symptoms of data silos in organisations that have multiple sites:
  • Disagreement about performance, 
  • Duplicated effort, 
  • Inability to resolve issues with energy and water consumption and costs, 
  • Instability when restructures, mergers and other organisational changes happen. 
2/ The big picture of stakeholders - Finance, Operations and Sustainability.
3/ The different types of energy and water data and the energy management lifecycle.
4/ Examples of how three organisations have integrated data and process for less than $30,000 per year. It has resulted in a single repository of utility performance data for the entire organisation resulting in no duplication of effort and saved time, hassle and money.
5/ How to get started to break down silos. Get Operations, Finance and Sustainability together for two hours.


In the 70's Dean and his siblings were fined two cents each time they left a light on in the suburban family house. This turned into a life long passion for saving energy and money. After marrying and having kids in 2002, Dean realised that his energy and financial savings passion was better focused outside the family household! Since 2006, Dean has been the owner and General Manager of Planet Footprint, which has helped over 200 Australian and USA local governments become smarter users of energy and water.
Helene Forsythe
Team Leader Sustainability
City of Canterbury-Bankstown


In 2015 Bankstown City Council (now City of Canterbury-Bankstown) completed two significant energy efficiency projects involving lighting upgrades to the Council owned Civic Office Tower and also three CBD multi story carparks. The objectives were to reduce overall energy consumption and improve user experience by installing energy efficient lights and also including motion and light sensor technologies where most appropriate. 

Whilst a significant reduction in energy use was finally achieved, a considerable number of unexpected and challenging hurdles were experienced and finally overcome. 

What did we learn? 
  • Sometimes sheer determination is needed to ensure goals are met 
  • Bringing others along on the journey is not always easy 
  • Investing time and effort to understand the technology and the regulatory requirements is highly advised 
  • Be prepared to question consultant opinions and advice 
  • Accessing the NSW Energy Savings Scheme is not as easy as it sounds 
  • The ups and downs of grant funding and reporting when the parties over – who owns the lights ?

Even though we achieved a saving up to 40% on our energy costs, knowing what we know now, there are certainly some things we would do differently and hopefully better. At the end of the day if it was easy, someone would have already done it ! 


Helene has been working in Environmental Management and Sustainability in Local Government for over 17 years. Leading a small team at the City of Canterbury-Bankstown, she is involved in a wide range of projects from energy and water efficiency to outdoor lighting and biodiversity protection and enhancement.
Henry Arundel
Executive Manager - Facilities Management
Ventia – Asset & Infrastructure Services

Today, more than ever, FM providers are expected to align to their services to their client’s core business goals, ultimately resulting in their ability to make informed decisions on a current and future basis with certainty. In this presentation, Henry will share the influences, drivers and enablers that are shaping the future of global FM and services industry.


Henry has a diverse global background working in Integrated Facilities Management. He has worked across the globe and has been based in the region since 1993. Henry is responsible for the infrastructure line of business focusing on building the FM capability for Ventia.
Jessica Hogg
Associate Building Physics
Inhabit Group ( Australian Passive House Association)

Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, affordable and ecological at the same time. Passive House is not a brand name, but a construction concept that can be applied by anyone and that has withstood testing of performance. But a Passive House building is more than just a low-energy building. They have high levels of occupant comfort and a ventilation system consistently supplies fresh air making for superior air quality.

Passive House buildings allow for energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical existing buildings and over 75% compared with average new best-practice constructions. Similar energy savings have been demonstrated in warm climates where buildings require more energy for cooling than for heating.


Jessica is also Director of Australian Passive House Association. Jess has experience working in the sustainable development industry in both the United Kingdom and Australia. A qualified mechanical engineer with a background in building services, she is experienced in dynamic thermal modelling for energy and carbon emission calculations, as well as comfort assessments and the use of different sustainability rating tool frameworks. Jess is also a qualified Green Star Accredited Professional as well as a Certified Passive House Designer and analyses the thermal performance of façade systems and completes feasibility studies for low and zero carbon technologies.
Jon Dazeley
Operations Team Leader
Ecosave Pty Ltd

Modern BMS systems can control buildings very effectively. They also create a huge amount of data. Many sites have installed sub-meters, which creates even more data. In addition to this, we have weather data, asset management data and access control data to mention just a few…

We have never had so much information available, but are we using this effectively? The current tools are inadequate. Energy dashboards and trend-log viewers are time consuming and lack flexibility.

Data analytics is the answer…but what is it?

In simple terms, an analytics system sorts through your existing data to find issues. It also determines the cost to the facility in terms of energy, maintenance or reduced comfort levels. This allows facility managers to quickly prioritize maintenance items and achieve the best results from an often limited budget.

Better information means better decisions.

Here are a few examples:

  • Monitor thousands of points simultaneously with customisable rules and user alerts
  • Adjust building operation automatically based on weather forecasts or building occupancy
  • Maintenance issues can be pinpointed using operational or performance data. This means you can program maintenance when it’s required, not when it’s scheduled
  • Heat/cool fighting – The analytics system can give a detailed record of where and when this happening and how much it’s costing (providing the business case to get it repaired)
  • Economizer Operation – Are all of your economizers working correctly? The system can monitor every economizer and provide a report on all failures or incorrect operation. It can also provide a business case for repairs in minutes

These are just a sample of the hundreds (or thousands) of ways data analytics can be used. The business case for this new technology is very compelling because it uses your existing data and the investment required is relatively small.

Data analytics can transform the way we manage buildings. Facility managers and engineers can use this technology to improve efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and ensure occupant comfort.

Who doesn’t want that?


Jon has spent 25 years making buildings work. Whether commissioning mechanical systems, programming BMS controls or retrofitting efficient technologies, his focus is buildings that run efficiently and effectively. He has worked on hospitals, offices towers, pharmaceutics plants, museums, supermarkets and industrial plants using this same approach. Currently, Jon manages a team of engineers in Australia providing energy performance contracts and data analytics management.

Kristie Martin
ACT Manager - Senior Consultant
Viridis Australasia

Energy audits have the potential to help reduce the consumption of energy and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. But in many instances, whilst the reports may reveal interesting information and opportunities, they are too often filed away in the bottom drawer, never to be seen again. There may be many reasons for this, but Viridis have found that one of the common reasons is that the audits often appear to be almost carbon copies of another building’s report, extolling the benefits of the same types of upgrades – changing lights, installing controls and replacing equipment with more efficient models. 

And whilst there is an expectation after any upgrade is completed that ‘everything is new and perfect’, too often occupants and owners are disappointed because underlaying problems were not resolved with the upgrade – but now there is no budget left to make any further improvements. Instead, we are left with a building that still has issues – but now it wastes less energy but does so more efficiently.

It is time to sleep with our buildings. To get to know them intimately – to see how they behave when no one is watching, and to discover how they respond when we push their buttons! We need to find their flaws and imperfections, to diagnose and cure any ills lurking in the building. This requires our approach to energy auditing to be expanded to take a more holistic view – and approach that Viridis has called ‘Sustainability Audits’.

This approach can be likened to a comprehensive Health Check a person may undertake with their doctor. It starts with speaking with occupants and facility managers to hear about any issues or concerns they may have with the building, and then proceeds with a more detailed investigation, and using tools like thermographic cameras, smoke machines and ultrasound to really find out what is going on. And then of course, it goes a step further than a visit to the doctor – a sleepover to really uncover what is happening. 


Kristie Martin is Viridis’ ACT State Manager and a Senior Consultant with a Bachelors Degree in Arts/Science (Hons), including studies in biology, ecology, conservation biology and biodiversity, and Honours in Archaeology. Kristie has been with Viridis since 2007, specialising in Green Star. Kristie is a Green Star Certified Assessor and a member of the Green Building Council Australia Faculty (Trainer)
Lasath Lecamwasam
Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability


Lasath is a chartered professional engineer with 30 years experience working in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. Having a passion for sustainable refurbishment of existing buildings, two of his recent projects have won national awards- 4 Mort Street the 2012 AIRAH Award for Excellence for an HVAC Retrofit and the 2014 National Trust Award for an Outstanding Project at the Old Parliament House. Lasath was also the lead author for the Guide to Best Practice Maintenance and Operation of HVAC Systems for Energy Efficiency – published by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in 2012. Lasath is the director at Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability.
Dr Lorne Butt
Sustainability Coordinator
TAFE NSW Western Institute

Sustainable supply chain management is becoming an increasingly critical issue for the organisation that is serious about sustainable practice. Disruption to supply chains through climate change impacts, compliance requirements related to procurement purchasing standards, increasing pressure to manage costs and the potential for reputational damage through perceptions of greenwashing are all risk factors influencing the focus on suppliers as part of the management of sustainability portfolios. 

Sustainable procurement is a key focus area in TAFE Western’s sustainability portfolio. Rising concern over procurement costs in ‘wet areas’ such as bathrooms and kitchens led TAFE Western to partner with Staples Australia and Kimberly Clarke in 2014 to conduct an analysis of purchasing behavior – price and product – across the Institute’s large and medium colleges. The analysis revealed opportunities to streamline the range of products being purchased, focus on product environmental certifications and more effectively manage procurement costs for wet areas. 

This paper presents the results of this analysis and the detail of TAFE Western’s supply chain project implemented during 2015 to address opportunities in the areas of cost management, ‘greening’ the wet area supply chain, facilities security and enhancing partnerships with key suppliers.


Dr Lorne Butt is the Sustainability Coordinator at TAFE NSW Western Institute. Lorne specialises in sustainability practice, governance, education and research. Lorne is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of the British and Australia/New Zealand academies of management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australian Association of Environmental Educators.
Marlon Kobacker
Sustainable Future Group


Marlon will present new approaches for public sector asset managers and public works managers that can remove the capital cost barrier to significantly lower utility bills through clean energy finance. The model that will be presented - including case studies - is a genuine pathway to implementing clean energy technology across the public sector to reach our greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in a highly cost-effective manner.


With 13 years' experience as a sustainable design advisor working for global firms such as Arup, Cundall and AECOM, Marlon leads the Sustainability Advisory business at Sustainable Future Group, connecting his design expertise with clean energy finance to help Australia transition to a low carbon future. Marlon has presented at 10 international conferences and in 2016 published a book entitled 'Removing the capital cost barrier to sustainable building design'.
Matthew Martin
Lighting & Energy Consultant
Lighting and Integration
  • Is a three year payback realistic?
  • Why do some people say LED tubes are no good?
  • What are the options as a tenant? 
  • What about ongoing maintenance & Other benefits? 
  • Will one solution work in all my buildings? 
Some retrofit projects don’t quite turn out as we envisioned, Why? We’ll look at some of the common pitfalls found in energy efficiency retrofit projects. What effect does lighting have on your staff and clients? Why are so many people hung up on LED’s and why do some LED’s make the space look dull? What benefits are you missing and what is realistic. Why you ought to have stakeholder engagement and stay involved. We have learned many lessons from energy efficiency upgrades around the country. Typically Governments and Universities manage fixed property assets and have a long term responsibility. Ensuring the sustainability of these assets can be a mine field with many companies claiming their product is what you need. The most suitable energy efficiency solutions consider the space, it’s function, use and occupation together with your drivers and objectives, capex and opex restraints. Getting wrong can mean all sorts of pains, getting it right can deliver triple bottom line results.


Over the last 15years, and over 500 energy efficient upgrades across Australia, Matthew has developed a unique understanding of delivering successful energy efficient upgrades incommercial buildings including for local government buildings, hospitals and university campuses.

Matthew has almost 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry with specialised expertise in energy efficiency, lighting and lighting control systems. His comprehensive knowledge of these fields enables him to accurately evaluate the functionality of systems. Matthew has experience in broader energy efficiency solutions, project management, project design and construction from designing and implementing energy efficiency upgrade solutions in existing buildings and occupied tenancies across the country.
Nora Potter
Tersano Australia Pty Ltd

Nora will speak on chemical-free cleaning solutions for cleaning buildings and facilities.  Minimising, or even completely eliminating, chemicals, can improve the sustainability footprint of your facility as well as minimising environmental effects. Cleanliness doesn’t need to come at the expense of health or the environment.

This can also assist in reducing sick days or accidents from using dangerous, toxic and unnecessary chemicals. The cleaning industry today is more conscious of health and safety than ever before. Cleaning staff no longer need to suffer with asthma, dermatitis, headaches, nose bleeds and other related reactions to the chemicals they were using for many years. 


Nora Potter is one of Australia’s leading innovators in chemical free cleaning. Her family has been involved in the cleaning supply industry for more than 40 years and she has been a director of a cleaning supply business for 20 years. She has a thorough understanding of cleaning chemicals and with the new chemical free cleaning technology and solutions available.

After over 20 years of working with traditional chemical cleaners, Nora now is showing Australia that hygiene doesn't have to come at the expense of health or the environment. One office building, exhibition centre, aged care centre, pre-school, hospital and university at a time, Nora is helping her customers make the change to a sustainable cleaning solution that works for everyone.

Dr Peter Lyons
Fenestralia and Peter Lyons & Associates
In association with:
Mary Ann van Bodegraven
Sustainability Manager, City of Sydney
PC Thomas 
Director, Team Catalyst 
Dr Mark Snow
Senior Researcher, University of NSW  


Conducting accurate thermal imagery that leads to meaningful building performance assessments can be challenging. This work draws upon expertise in HVAC, building simulation modelling and façade and glazing solutions to assess the performance of three City of Sydney buildings: Customs House, Town Hall House and King Edward V Recreational Centre. The project involves using an infrared camera for onsite imaging of surface temperatures of windows, glazing and walls measurements which are cross-referenced against finite-element modelling. 

The innovative approach offers a robust method for determining the costs and benefits of energy efficient retrofit options at a whole building level that might typically have previously been missed using standard energy audit procedures. 


Peter Lyons is a building physicist based in Canberra, Australia, with extensive experience in a range of fields and employment sectors. He applies this experience to a wide range of unusual and challenging projects, among new and existing clients -- both local and overseas. His expertise has been acquired locally and internationally, and is applied in both individual and team settings across façade engineering and sustainable building design. Dr Lyons specialises in energy performance modelling of all types of fenestration systems and of whole buildings, both residential and commercial. One of his continuing research interests involves the impact of glazings on human comfort in buildings. 

Dr Lyons was a visiting researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) at the University of California, where he continues applied research into the energy modelling and rating of windows and skylights. He is a certified assessor with the Australian Fenestration Rating Council (AFRC) and an active member of ASHRAE. He has published many research papers and reports throughout his career. Peter Lyons & Associates was formed in January 2006 to offer a wide variety of specialised services involving building energy performance.
Peter Vun
Senior Sustainability Officer
Ku-ring-gai Council

In 2014 Ku-ring-gai Council completed the construction of a new, $17M fitness and aquatic centre that had been designed and built to be a modern and highly efficient community facility. An external operator was brought in to run the new flagship facility, and the centre was opened to the public with much fanfare and publicity. Eventually, someone in the organisation will always ask the question, “So is our new centre delivering the financial and environmental benefits it was designed to?”. 

This presentation will cover the outcomes of the Energy Performance project that we undertook to answer this question, and the lessons we are learning. It will include:
a) The key challenges we face as asset owners in getting complex new facilities to reach their full potential. 
b) Benchmarking energy performance of a complex and energy intensive facility when an industry rating system (eg. NABERS) does not exist for this type of asset. 
c) Developing contracts that address “split incentive” issues that impact energy performance – “As the asset owner, I pay the utility bill. But energy performance is dependent on how well external contractors run our plant.” d) Understanding the value of automated energy/water monitoring and alerting. 
e) Establishing practical performance indicators and targets for facilities with complex plant. f) Instilling the knowledge organisationally, that “good design and quality construction” does not guarantee high performance. 


Peter has worked in energy and water efficiency and corporate sustainability for the past 5 years at Ku-ring-gai Council. He has a passion for assisting organisations reach zero emissions through the application of existing technologies, emphasising the need for fit-for-purpose solutions, and improved understanding of energy management.
Scott Ebsary
Foresight Environmental
Oliver Batchelour
Foresight Environmental


The establishment and release of the Better Building’s Partnership Operational Waste Guidelines provided a world-leading approach to waste management within the commercial property sector. The Guidelines have set aspirations toward best practice waste management with data integrity at its foundation. The BBP recognises that striving towards a “high” recycling rate means little if the data integrity is “low”. Without the confidence of accurate data, the ability of decision-makers to implement effective changes is significantly limited.  

Data integrity provides so much more than confidence in waste data. Through good data, sound operational decisions can be made, waste system efficiencies are found and ultimately cost savings are realised. How good is your waste data?


Scott has extensive waste management planning experience in the commercial, retail, residential and public property sector. Scott is currently the lead waste management consultant for the Lend Lease Sydney International Convention, Exhibition & Entertainment Precinct and Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct. Scott is able to work with facility and and property managers as well as architects and engineers in providing real world solutions to achieve best practice waste management planning.

Oliver has worked within the waste field for over 12 years. He has worked within each aspect of the industry from on-site environmental monitoring & engineering of landfill sites, operational management of MRF facilities, secure document & paper recycling and finally moving into waste consultancy over 5 years ago. Oliver’s expertise within commercial and retail recycling programs comes from a hands-on approach within the industry here in Australia and the UK. Oliver is an active member of the Better Buildings Partnership. He works with national property portfolios, commercial and retail, to assist them in realising their environmental targets.
Sean Maxwell
Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association of Australia

Passive House and other super energy-efficient building standards have air tightness as a primary focus, with good reason. When coupled with proper ventilation, tight building envelopes can lead to better control over the indoor environment and major energy savings. Air sealing can be more cost-effective and long-lasting than many energy efficiency enhancements such as solar panels, LEDs, or upgrades of plant.

Unfortunately, testing data shows that many “green” Australian buildings are built with crippling draughts. Why? Once a building is built, those draughts can be locked in for the life of the building. The fixes range from the basic blower door test to identify leaks to the ambitious envelope overhaul, but there are many intermediate steps as well.

During this presentation we will use the twin building science tools of the blower door and infrared camera to identify most common sources of leakage in existing buildings and their remedies. We will also outline steps in the design and construction of new buildings to produce high performance envelopes that lead to healthy and efficient buildings. 


Sean Maxwell is an energy efficiency specialist with Efficiency Matrix, a testing and consulting company. He is also president of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association of Australia, an industry group promoting better building performance through better building and ductwork air tightness.
Tom Ray
Head of Strategy
CIM Enviro
Amirali Mortazavi
Head of Engineering,
CIM Enviro 

Automated fault detection and continuous remote commissioning can deliver: (a) significant sustainable utility savings, (b) improved tenant comfort, (c) leaner maintenance programmes, (d) better environmental performance (e.g. NABERS), and (e) longer asset lifecycles. 

Fault detection is based on Big Data and Building Analytics. Mass quantities of data are received and analysed from the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units of buildings, instantaneously detecting faults and inefficiencies. This platform analyses big data and empowers property managers to optimise the largest carbon emitter and energy usage component of a building, HVAC, giving more control over environmental ratings (NABERS, BREEN and LEEDS) and maintaining occupant satisfaction. 

Should the HVAC units be operating outside of pre-determined parameters, the fault detection software will automatically generate a report for the property owner, or facility manager, that outlines the exact source of the fault and the action required by maintenance teams to fix it. 
For new projects results can be achieved in as little as five weeks. Use of Big Data for these applications is now finding wide adoption and is predicted to be growing at 40% per year and is likely to become an everyday tool f most facility and property managers. 

CASE STUDIES from both state and federal buildings will be provided to demonstrate how this technology is being used, and how facility managers and occupants benefit from it. 


Tom's background is in environmental science, where he has spent large parts of his career commercialising clean-tech innovations across 6 continents. 

As well as holding a masters in Mechanical Engineering, Amir is also a qualified architect and a NABERS assessor. 

Tom is a terrible rugby player and Amir is a wannabe climber.
Vicki Munro
Manager Woollahra Libraries
Woollahra Municipal Council


The way that we use space and technology has changed.

During 2016 Woollahra Libraries moved our much loved central Library, beautifully situated in a historic 468sqm house, as well as our Local History centre, housed in a separate building, into a new 2,234 sqm purpose built Library, in the centre of the Double Bay Shopping centre.  The challenge was how to maximise the use of technology into the new Library design to meet high community expectations; improve staff efficiency and effectiveness over three floors whilst still providing excellent customer service; and to ensure the new space allowed flexibility to meet an ever changing library, technological and community environment.

  • Introduction of a new Library Self Service model
  • Reviewed the hard copy collection size, setting performance standards for each collection and increasing the content of the digital collection
  • Identified available technology to achieve improvements in efficiency for both staff and customers including working with suppliers to develop technological enhancements, where suitable out of the box solutions were not available
  • Reviewed the Local History collection and implemented an ongoing digitisation project for the majority of the collection
  • Identification of community expectation for a state of the art library, what this means and how to implement in both design, application and technology
  • Developed new digital strategies for community engagement, including an online engagement platform, e-newsletter targeting based on reader preferences, social media and improved online experience.
  • Implemented strategies to future proof the Library against further technological and Library focus changes


  • Change management of both staff and customers
  • Staff skill level in understanding and applying new technology
  • The long lead time from library planning to completion of project has meant that some of the “new“ technology originally planned is now outdated. This has required us to remain flexible throughout the process and has had implications for design
  • Being the first to implement new technologies and technological advancements has been a time consuming and sometimes difficult process with suppliers.

Vicki will comment on how successful the planning and design for the new “state of the art” Double Bay Library has been since the opening in May..

Where to now?  What are the digital / technological trends for next 2-5 years and our next challenge is how to ensure that Woollahra Libraries remains at the cutting edge